By Benjamin Njoku
Nollywood sensation, Uche Jombo made another history last Sunday when she carted away two awards at this year’s edition of the prestigious Nollywood and African Film Critic Awards (NAFCA), held at the Carolina Theater in Durham, North Carolina, USA.
Jombo won two awards for Best Film for her blockbuster “Damage” and Best Actress for her role in the film. The hardworking producer garnered a whopping eight nominations but won two of the day’s biggest crowns.
Damage’ beats other strong contenders like Gugu E. Michael’s Unge’s War, Obed Joe’s The Professor, Kathryn Fasegha’s Treacherous Heart and Lonzo Nzekwe’s Anchor Baby to clinch the award. In the Best Actress category, Uche Jombo beats Olawumi Adeniyi (Treacherous Heart), Monalisa Chinda (Timeless Passion), Jocelyn Dumas (Adams Apples) and Ngozi Ezeonu (Champions of Our Time).
A movie that focuses on domestic turmoil in a marriage and its adverse effects, Damage premiered in Lagos on July 31, 2011. Early the following year, Jombo released Damage at its official website, where people could stream it for a fee. It is now available to watch at iROKOtv. Two additional movies, My Life, My Damage and My Country, Their Damage, are slated for future release and follow the same socially conscious feel of the first entry.
Another double winner that night was Unwanted Guest. It won the Best Drama award, as well as the Best Actor in Leading Role Diaspora Film award for Chet Anekwe.
Olu Jacobs and Pete Edochie received Special NAFCA for Lifetime Achievement in Cinema awards for their status as veteran actors in Nollywood.
Altogether, NAFCA gave out 41 awards in the second ceremony. NAFCA is an award ceremony organized by Nollywood Film Critics USA (NFCA), which deems itself as “the official review organization for Nollywood and African movies.”
Speaking after the event, Jombo said “ All we did was made an advocacy movie hoping to add entertainment to the social fight of say no to family violence. The fans did the rest.”